Bismarck's city attorney will investigate an incident in which a vendor was asked to leave the Bismarck Event Center on Saturday after a revolver he was handling discharged during a Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association gun show.
The 71-year-old man from Devils Lake could be charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.
The man was demonstrating the functions of a Colt revolver when it discharged, sending a round toward the ceiling, police Lt. Luke Gardiner said. The round that was fired was birdshot -- multiple small pellets -- and not a single bullet. There was no damage and no injuries.
Event officials asked the man to leave after the incident, which occurred about 10 a.m., Gardiner said. The man's name has not been released because he has not been arrested or formally charged.
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City Attorney Jannelle Combs said her office will be reviewing the police report of the incident in coming days and determining if a charge is warranted.
Neither the gun show organizers nor event center officials immediately reported the incident to police. However, there are no city ordinances regarding reporting such incidents, Gardiner said, and police aren't seeking to charge anyone for failure to report.
Calls to gun show organizers and event center officials were not immediately returned Monday.